TDI Intro Cave Instructor

TDI Intro Cave Instructor

Going beyond the light zone and building upon the values found in the TDI Cavern Instructor Evaluation, the TDI Introduction to Cave Diving Instructor Evaluation (commonly referred to as “Intro”), Intro Instructor candidates will have taught three cavern courses and assisted with at least one Intro to Cave course by this point. Having been recommended by a TDI Cave Instructor for this evaluation, the candidate will demonstrate the ability to educate overhead students in cave etiquette, communications and cave diving skills in an academic setting.Moving on, the candidate will demonstrate their proficiency in teaching in-water skills such as buoyancy control, S-drills, emergency procedures and lost diver drills to name a few.

TDI Intro Cave Instructor

TDI Intro Cave Instructor Course prerequisites:

  • Minimum age 21
  • Certified as an open water instructor in active teaching status with an internationally recognized scuba training agency for a minimum of 1 year
  • Have a minimum certification of TDI Cavern Instructor or equivalent (e.g. NACD, and NSS-CDS), with active teaching status
  • Provide proof of at least 150 full-cave dives
  • Provide proof of teaching a minimum of 3 cavern diver courses and assisting with a minimum of 1 complete TDI Introductory Cave Diver course with 1 active TDI Cave Diver Instructor
  • Provide recommendation from a TDI Cave Instructor with which the candidate has assisted in introductory cave training classes and stating that the candidate is prepared for the instructor evaluation program

Course Structure and Duration:

Open Water Execution

  • TDI allows the instructor trainers to structure programs accordingly;
    adequate time to ensure comprehension and ability to perform skills

Course Structure

  • Candidates must participate in a minimum of 2 TDI supervised
    introductory cave dives


  • Minimum time of 15 hours

The TDI Intro Cave Instructor support materials include:

Required Reading:

  • TDI Diving in Overhead Environments Manual or eLearning course
  • TDI Diving in Overhead Environments Instructor Guide
  • TDI Diving in Overhead Environments Instructor Resource CD, optional

Suggested Reading:

  • NACD Art of Safe Cave Diving
  • Basic Cave Diving – A Blueprint for Survival
  • Caverns Measureless to Man – Sheck Exley


TDI Intro Cave Instructor € 700,00